"The Australian cricket team has always believed it could win in any situation against any opposition by playing combative, skilful and fair cricket, driven by our pride in the fabled Baggy Green".
"They go to the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport and the penalties must reflect that". The CA boss's press conference created huge furore even as the sanctions were read out for Smith, Warner and Bancroft, who left for Australia on Wednesday.
For Smith and Warner, those sanctions are set to see them sit out a year before returning in time for the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Ashes series, while Bancroft won't play global cricket for nine months.
Adding to this, both Smith and Warner have also been disallowed from captaining Australia for the next two years.
The fallout extended beyond Australia. Today they have travelled home to Australia. Additionally, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has barred them from playing in the Indian Premier League.
"The players have made a grave mistake but they are not bad people".
Confirming the news, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said that the BCCI chose to bar the two players from this season of the lucrative T20 tournament, keeping in mind the Cricket Australia's decision. Immediately after the scandal broke, Smith owned up to cheating and said the leadership group was aware.
The CA punishments followed an internal investigation into the extent of the cheating plot in South Africa. He was handed three ICC demerit points and fined 75 per cent of his match fee before CA banned him for nine months.
That led some to argue that CA had gone too far in their punishments for an offence that has happened multiple times before in cricket.More news: Google Play Movies & TV gets streaming service integration and watchlist
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We are all so hurt and angry and maybe we weren't so sure how to react. "Training was cancelled because we're just trying to get through all the issues at the moment to be perfectly honest", he said.
"I do feel for Steve Smith", former Australia captain Michael Clarke told Australia's Channel Seven.
It is a heavy price to pay for the players, especially Smith, the world's number one ranked Test batsman who will now lose a year of his career.
"If we take a leaf out of someone, like say New Zealand's book", Lehmann said.
Smith and Warner, along with Cameron Bancroft, were ordered to return home midway into the series yesterday.
Australian cricket great Shane Warne said he was "shocked" by the incident but questioned the severity of the punishment.
Some say the situation has been blown out of proportion, highlighting how stars of the game from other countries have either admitted to or been charged or found guilty of tampering with the ball during worldwide matches, but rarely faced a sanction of more than one or two games.
Bancroft was caught on camera using what is believed to be a tape before attempting to hide the object down the front of his trousers moments before the umpires seemingly inquired about the contents of his pockets. However, would it be fair to say that shining the ball (be it with the use of sugary saliva, or sweat containing suncream) is acceptable? The players originally said they used yellow sticky tape and dirt.
They were allowed to play county cricket or IPL matches, but then the BCCI took a stand against the scandal and have revelaed that neither Smith or Warner (Bancroft doesn't have a team) will be allowed to play in the 2018 IPL.